Generally favorable reviews - based on 9 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. Jan 30, 2013
    McCombs and crew have painted a portrait of endless highways, ghost towns, and sunburnt moments of ecstatic possibility.
  2. Jan 22, 2013
    It is by no means below-average, but you may develop a fondness for the inconsistent qualities of Field Recordings from the Cook County Water Table, an album where each track--for better or worse--would plunge.
  3. Jan 18, 2013
    The Black Rock succeeds on occasion, but the weight of McCombs' past is a tough load to bear in situations like this.
  4. Jan 18, 2013
    This is desert blues that doesn't just trudge into the horizon, but stops to admire the sunset. [Feb 2013, p.69]
  5. Feb 6, 2013
    Polished arrangements in a mix of menacing, reverb-drenched grooves and languid shimmer. [Mar 2013, p.98]
  6. Jan 18, 2013
    McCombs has performed a bit of rodeo jiujitsu, stealing his band's name back by invoking the myth of the West.
  7. Feb 11, 2013
    The result is a finely crafted collection of music that speaks volumes beyond its instrumental presentation. [No. 95, p.53]
  8. 50
    Brokeback And The Black Rock reveals itself as a flawed yet still sporadically rewarding long-player.
  9. Jan 22, 2013
    Black Rock is still filled with McCombs' spacious, isolating tracks ("Tonight at Ten," "Gold!"), which are best for lonely winter evenings.

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